MEDIA RELEASE — May 19, 2015

Canadian Mathematical Society

May 19, 2015

Canada places sixth at Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad

Gold: Zhuoqun (Alex) Song
(Phillips Exeter Academy)

OTTAWA — Ten remarkable mathematics students earned sixth place for Canada in the 27th Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad (APMO). Over 300 students from more than 30 countries wrote the four-hour APMO exam on March 9.

“I am incredibly proud of our students,” said International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Chair Dorette Pronk. “Placing sixth overall is a huge accomplishment and these students have worked very hard to compete at this level.”

Thirty-two Canadian students wrote the APMO and ten students competed officially in the contest. Students are invited to write the APMO based on their results in other national and international competitions.

The following students officially competed in the APMO:

Gold: Zhuoqun (Alex) Song (Phillips Exeter Academy), United States
Silver: Kevin C. Sun (Phillips Exeter Academy), United States
Silver: Michael Pang (Fort Richmond Collegiate), Winnipeg, Man.
Bronze: Yan (Bill) Huang (Stuart Academy), United States
Bronze: Qi Qi (Burnaby North Secondary School), Vancouver, B.C.
Bronze: Ruiming (Max) Xiong (Western Canada High School), Calgary, Alta.
Bronze: Daniel Guo (Homestead High School), United States
Honourable Mention: Nicholas Sun (Phillips Exeter Academy), United States
Honourable Mention: Jinhao Xu(University Hill Secondary School), Vancouver, B.C.
Honourable Mention: William Zhao (Olympiads School), North York, Ont.

The APMO results are one of the measures the CMS uses to identify potential candidates for Math Team Canada and the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). Students selected as part of Math Team Canada 2015 will train at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) before travelling to Chiang Mai, Thailand to compete in the 56th annual IMO July 4 to 16, 2015.

About the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO)

The Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) encourages participation in Olympiad-type activities, friendly international relations and the opportunity to exchange educational information among Pacific-Rim countries. The first APMO competition was in 1989. For more information about the APMO visit

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The CMS promotes mathematics through a rich array of activities including: scientific meetings; publications; awards; prizes; grants; camps and competitions. As the national math association, the CMS represents Canada internationally to other societies as well as organizations such as the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

For more information, please contact:

Julie Bortolotti
Communications and Special Projects Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
613-733-2662 ext. 728
or Dorette Pronk (Dalhousie)
IMO Chair